A Jewish settler with Hatzalah medical services logo on his t-shirt makes no effort to help Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18, as she lies dying at Hebron checkpoint. She was reportedly left to bleed for half an hour after being shot by Israeli soldier.
Monthly Archives: September 2015
On Yom Kippur, Michael Marder reflects on the exilic condition. With the rift between the State of Israel and the Jews of the diaspora growing wider by the day, could it be that the notion of exile holds the key to understanding what is at stake in the contemporary bifurcated situation of world Jewry?
The teenager, identified as 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, was shot three times by Israeli soldiers after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, Israel’s army said.
The Steering Committee of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network strongly condemned the cancellation of Reverend Graylan Hagler’s “From Ferguson to Palestine” talk at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY after pro-Israel groups pressured the divinity school to cancel Rev. Hagler’s talk.
An ad from a conservative group targeting Colorado Senator Michael Bennet for his vote in favor of Iran Deal features children who are targets of a nuclear strike. Bennet is up in 2016 and won by just two points in 2010.
Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza are sealed shut for Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the most hypocritical day of the Jewish calendar. Or is it Passover, where the liberation promised to us, is denied to Palestinians?
As the 2015 National Students for Justice in Palestine conference approaches, organizers are calling for support to help to bolster meaningful Palestine solidarity activism on US campuses.
Sort of a step down from Congress– Netanyahu is coming as a hero to Washington again, speaking to the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute in November
“We, as Israeli citizens, are very limited in our ability to create change in the current political climate,” the Israeli group Boycott from Within writes to the Reykjavik City Council in urging it to stand by its decision to boycott Israeli products
Ben Carson and Donald Trump are not alone – the Republican presidential field is composed of candidates who have encouraged religious hatred that is a direct contradiction to bedrock American values, including freedom of religion. –Hillary Clinton website details a dangerous trend.
NPR, Bloomberg, and the New Yorker all run sharply critical pieces of the Israel lobby group AIPAC, a signal that its power is in eclipse. And The New Yorker calls out Chuck Schumer for his “extraordinary” identification as the “guardian” of Israel.
On a recent September evening, two groups of culturally curious people, separated by countries and borders, virtually gathered together for art and social justice. At Said Al-Mishal Establishment for Culture and Science, Gaza’s Theatre for Everybody performed a short version of Tolstoy’s classic “War and Peace.” Simultaneously, on the other side of the world at London’s Az Theatre, a group of British and international supporters gathered to watch a previously recorded version of the same performance. The play was centered on two themes: condemning war and denouncing dictatorship.
Ma’an reports: Israeli forces fractured the skull of a 13-year-old boy [Mohammad Issa] with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Issawiya overnight Saturday. Israeli forces fired gunshots and stun grenades “haphazardly” at demonstrators protesting the Israeli forces’ presence in the neighborhood, witnesses said. Clashes with Israeli forces in the neighborhood have been ongoing for the second week, as tensions in East Jerusalem heightened due to increased violence and restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Reverend Graylan Hagler, a veteran civil rights activist and outspoken supporter of Palestinian human rights, was invited by the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Rochester, NY Friends of Sabeel Chapter to speak about Palestine on September 24. Mere days before he was going to travel to upper New York state for the talk, the divinity school disinvited Hagler following pressure from Christians United for Israel.
Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution and the break up of Wall Street banks, but when it comes to Israel he wants more military aid and blames the Palestinians equally for the conflict. He personifies the idea of PEP, progressive except Palestine, which is a key to the Israel lobby.
After 7 years of service, Berkeley Human Welfare Commissioner Cheryl Davila was fired for supporting a resolution calling for divestment from companies profiting off of Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman wags finger at Republicans over Muslims, and says Jews empathized with blacks because we were outsiders. Tell that to the Palestinians. This is PEP personified: progressive except Palestine.
Does the Israeli occupation now aim to divide and legalize access to Al-Aqsa mosque and Noble Sanctuary? The UN urges calm
On Friday afternoon prayers one Palestinian was shot by Israeli forces, and two Israeli police were injured in clashes across Jerusalem, amid a week of upheaval centering around al-Aqsa Mosque. In preparation for a call from Hamas for a “day of rage” Israeli police deployed 5,000 around Jerusalem and limited access to the Muslim holy sites by age. By evening Israel’s parliament approved drafting army reservists to street patrols, a signal of continuing strife.
The prominent Israeli colonel Ofer Winter should be well known to U.S. media audiences for his heavenly visions of military maneuvers. Are reporters covering up for his religious extremism?
Aida Touma-Sliman, a member of Knesset for the Joint Arab List, says that Israel could indict Jewish terrorists for the Duma murders but it lacks the political will to do so. “In the last few years there were 17 mosques and churches burned down or attacked by right-wing activists or racists,” she told Allison Deger. “These are the extreme cases, but everyday we hear about cases by the seashore, or at the nightclubs—or of hotels warning their visitors that they might have Muslims [guests].”
Rabbi Brant Rosen just published his congregation’s confession that will be prayed on Yom Kippur. Those on the political right and even those progressive Jews who continue to sit on the fence with regard to Israel and Jewish life in America, should take notice. Rabbi Rosen’s confession is wide-ranging. His title, “A Confession of Communal Complicity,” says it all. Unlike most rabbis during the High Holidays, Rabbi Rosen isn’t hiding behind a liturgy developed when Jews had little power. Rabbi Rosen knows that the Jewish situation in the world has changed from powerlessness to power. He isn’t pulling any religious or political punches.
The New York Times and New York Review of Books have published big important pieces describing Jewish terrorism in Israel and its occupied territories, but both pieces are romantic, and propose to save Zionism and Israel from this inherent element.
New Yorkers gathered on September 15 to listen to veteran Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi speak about life under occupation, and the nonviolent resistance he helps lead against that occupation.